Archie Dean Smith

April 5, 1938April 8, 2021
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Archie Dean Smith, 83, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021, at his home in Jumpertown, MS. He was born on April 5, 1938, to B.F. “Son” Smith and Nora Michael Smith. In the 70s, Archie was instrumental in building the addition of McMillan Funeral Home. He attended Lamb’s Chapel Church for over 60 years. He enjoyed working in his yard, doing carpenter work, and playing the guitar while his family would sing along. The highlight of his life was being able to spoil his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and spending time with his family.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 10, 2021, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Estes and Bro. Teddy Cornelius officiating. Burial will follow in Crossroads Church Cemetery. Due to COVID-19, be courteous of wearing face mask and social distancing.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn Windham Smith; two daughters, Danita Cartwright (Marlin), and Susan Bane (Scott); one grandson, Cameron Bane (Kristen); three granddaughters, Kristen Nunley (Chance), Morgan Bane, and Melinda Hitt; eight great-grandchildren, Adilynn Bane, Parker Bane, Carter Nunley, Archier Bane, Gabriella Hitt, Hudson Kate Yarbrough, Mason Yarbrough, and Corbyn Clair Yarbrough; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, B.F. “Son” Smith and Nora Michael Smith; one brother, Ben Smith Juinor; and three sisters, Ernestine Carr (Richard), Dorothy Beatty, and infant Ella Jean Smith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clayton Pace, Alex Burns, Bro. Mike Morrison, Jerry Thrasher, Benny Eaton, Brian Brumley, and Wayne Hall.

Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.

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  • Carolyn Windham Smith, Wife
  • Danita Cartwright (Marlin), Daughter
  • Susan Bane (Scott), Daughter
  • Cameron Bane (Kristen), Grandson
  • Kristen Nunley (Chance), Granddaughter
  • Morgan Bane, Granddaughter
  • Melinda Hitt, Granddaughter
  • Adilynn Bane, Great-Grandchild
  • Parker Bane, Great-Grandchild
  • Carter Nunley, Great-Grandchild
  • Archier Bane, Great-Grandchild
  • Gabriella Hitt, Great-Grandchild
  • Hudson Kate Yarbrough, Great-Grandchild
  • Mason Yarbrough, Great-Grandchild
  • Corbyn Clair Yarbrough, Great-Grandchild
  • B.F. "Son" Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Nora Michael Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Ben Smith Junior, Brother (deceased)
  • Ernestine Carr (Richard), Sister (deceased)
  • Dorothy Beatty, Sister (deceased)
  • Ella Jean Smith, Infant Sister (deceased)
  • Mr. Smith is also survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

  • Clayton Pace, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Alex Burns, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Bro. Mike Morrison, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Jerry Thrasher, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Benny Eaton, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Brian Brumley, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Wayne Hall, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 10, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Saturday, April 10, 2021


Archie Dean Smith

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Archie Dean Smith was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

      Archie was born on April 5, 1938, at his home in Tippah County in Ripley, MS. His parents were Benjamin F. And Nora Smith. Archie was raised in Prentiss County, MS. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Smith household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Archie was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Archie was raised with four other siblings Ella Gean, Ernestine, Dorothy Ann, and Ben Jr. Archie was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Archie and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up, but Archie was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Archie was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Archie developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. In his spare time he liked to read comic books. However, what Archie enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Archie as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mrs. Michaels. Archie was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Archie always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Archie was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during his life. Since he disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw his own conclusions based on direct observation, Archie was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew him. He was committed to his friends and valued the trust he placed in them. It was not uncommon for Archie to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought him out for advice because he had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of his best friends were Bobby Gene Michales, Bobby Alexander, and Millard Yates. Later in life, he became friends with Bobby Gene Michaels and James Dees.

      On July 1, 1958, Archie exchanged wedding vows with LeLia Carolyn Windham at the Booneville Methodist Parsonage in Booneville, MS. Compassionate and devoted to LeLia, Archie held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to LeLia and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Archie brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Archie was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Archie was blessed with two daughters Danita and Susan. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Cam, Kristen, Morgan, and Melinda.

      Archie greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Archie enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Archie was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was doing carpentry work. He was employed for seventeen years by Northeast Mississippi Junior Colllege in the Maintenance Department as a maintenance/carpenter worker. Archie worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Archie liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Archie always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were collecting coins and doing find-a-word puzzle books. Archie was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Archie found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football and college baseball.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Archie as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Archie was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. Throughout his later years, Archie was an active member of the Jaycees Club.

      Archie was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member of Lamb's Chapel IMC for 25 years as a Lay Leader. During that time, he helped build the sanctuary and fellowship hall at Lamb's Chapel. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Archie sought out practical solutions, not individual recognition. He was always grounded and objective, feeling a strong sense of responsibility for taking care of what needed to be done. This selfless attitude earned Archie many accolades for his efforts and achievements. Some of his most prestigious awards included being rewarded Jaycee of the year.

      Archie enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Archie appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Archie always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included traveling to Opryland in Nashville, TN, and going to Pickwick.

      When Archie’s retirement finally arrived in 1997, he was well prepared. He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. His new life involved staying at home to be close to his family and his grandchildren. In retirement, he found new pleasure in singing with his family in the Gospel Group "The Lyfe Tyme Believers", spoiling his grandchildren, and watching his grandchildren play softball and baseball. Even in retirement, Archie continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Archie Dean Smith passed away on April 8, 2021 at at his home in Jumpertown, MS from acute renal failure and heart a-fib. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn; two daughters, Danita Cartwright (Marlin), and Susan Bane (Scott); and three grandchildren, Cam, Kristen, and Morgan. Services were held at McMillan Funeral Home. Archie was laid to rest in Crossroads Church Cemetary in Jumpertown, MS.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Archie Dean Smith. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.